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18 I?HK1?ARE1) TO 1>0 ALT, KINDSOE
It Might Have Been.
The fire burrs cheerily in mv room!
to-night; the llglil gilds the furniture, j
the pictures and the ornaments; ullj
openly utiyestive of cusinoss and
Comfort. I lean hack in mv aim
chair,survey the surroundings and try
to think that I am contented* But it
is in vain. I cat) onh re ilizo its em
tiness. To me it isonlv tin- taunl;ng
ghost of what might have been.
How vividly the past comes up he
for me now. It is useless f r mc to
attempt to d ive away these tlunj ih's,
for they arc bittei memories of tn>
past life, which like Banquo'a ghost,
will not down at. the bidding. I try
to crush out all thoughts ol the past,
as at othe" times, but they come with
such weight, that they are stronger
than my will. #
Five years is not a long period of
time, if measured as days, weeks and
months, but if measured b\ I he agon
the human heart nan endure, it is sin
Some say that, hearts do not break ;
others that women's do, sometimes,
but men are so constituted that thev
con bear disaster to the affection with
out material injury to that delicate or
gan. I do not pretend to say
how this may be, but I do know that
this world will nev r again look as
bright and beautiful to me as it did
before I closed my eyes on hope.
I try to hide my sorrow, and well I
succeed, for to my ticquaintanses. I
am but n bitter, cynical man, who
sneers at women and love, a d no'
one among them who would think of
accusing me of having n sentimental
thought. But there are times in mj
lifo when universales come?time*
when the old fires burst forth uncon
trollably. When temporarily ihoio
is an end to peace, and I must live
over again the bitter past, and to
night is one of those lime*, and un
Willingly I drift back into the long
It is evening. The brilliant orb of
day is slowlv and majestically sink
ing in the Western sky. The sof
breeze is heavy ladened with the frn
grnnce of the early sp. inc flowers, and
stirs gently the lender loaves of the
few forest !rees that have thus earlv
dared lo assume their vestments ol
green. A bold, deep stieani, spanned
bv a rustic bridno. and directly across
this, and as far nwav os the view is
unobstructed, winds a sandy, neglect
ed countrv road, bordered on one snVto
by a dense undergrowth of small
trees, with here and there a tad ninn.
Which stands but like yrirn sentinels
on the watch, and on Ilm other bv it
field which showed bv the f e-hU
tur> cd soil, that the plowshm?? o1 the
husbandman had been busy then-.
Haifa mile away can he seen, stand
ing out plainly against, the evening
sky, the tall, white spires of the vil
lage phurches, and as lhe bricht rays
of the declining sun is lefleeted upon
the bronzed balls bv ? hieh they are
surmounted, they elilter in lite dis
tance like burnished gold!
Upon lite bridge stands two figures.
A youth of perhaps two and i'went.\
years of age. and 11 yirl m?vi?r?l year*
Iiis junior. She. of medium heiuhth.
light and queenly, with deep, failuim
less eyes?such eyes as puds love to
wri e of?eyes, one glance fiotn
which, can elevate men in the su
preme pinnule of happiness, or doom
Ihem to such excrniating torture. Unit
the pangs suffered by 'oat souls in?h?
lowest pits of Hades, can scarcely
Compare with it. Broad, hi?h, fore
head ; over which, as is the fashion, is
tastefully hrranaed the glossy lock*
of chestnut browv hair. Her faeo I"*
one that is full of that strange suhl le
power called magnetism. One could
hardly tell whether or not hh>> is
beautiful. The charrv <?f her sur
passes the mere forms of beauty s<>
far that it seems no! lo mailer if she
lacks the. regularity of features bv
which the artist.shapes a per'ect face.
But a closer reader of human nature
would pronounce her possessed of a
heart that would break before ii
would yield, and n will that 13 strong
Silence holds supreme sway. The
only sound that breaks in upon the
musical murmur of the stream that
flows beneath the bridge, or the ves
per hymn of some feathered songster
as it winged its way lo the deeper
6hades of the fores'.
The girl is seated on the low rail
ing of the bridges. In one shapely
gloved hand she holds a email para
ool, while the other toys carelessly
with a small bunch of wild flowers
that lie upon her lap. Her eyes arc
fixed on the distant hills, and there
was a melancholy look upon her face
Vhich tells that her thoughts are not
pf her immediate surroundings.
Her companion is leaning against
Vho railing and gnziug westward at
the setting sun, which now hongs like
a. fiery ball just above the hill lop.
jJut ever and anon he turns hie face
toward the girl at his side and h'9
ej'cs light up with what is untvlotoku
b\y a look of love.
He is tbo first to break the si'ence,
and he speaks low as though half
afraid to break in upon the stilluess:
'?Mnbel, listen to me, please."
She glanced up, but gave no other
sign that she had heard his words.
"Mabel, I must tell yon now what
% have never had the courage to tell
you before. It distresses me beyond
\ha power to descri.be, to re alize that
Vfe are no longer childron, and to feel
that the impression made upon my
heuit by your charms years ago,
seems now to he increasing to a
deeper and stronger sense of your
loveliness, pardon me if my confess
i?b?n saddens you, but I loye you,
MuU'i, with t1 o purest and- holic.it
senlitpenis of mv heart, nnd feel thai
without you uiy life will he a hopeless
future sadness and gloom. IJad I
never seen .>ou us I now htdiold you,
time might possibly have erased (row
my ur mory the lender associations
of the past with which you are con
nected, but now I feel that the impres
sion of your loveliness can uever lade
fiom my mind."
Ho ceased speaking, and stands
awaiting her reply.
Her eyes have been fixed upon the
tippling water while bo is speaking,
but as be finishes she raised them to
his face. Not a shade of color man
ties bet cheek, and she looks at him
"Mabel, darling, do you under
stand tne? 1 love you more than life,
for without \our love life will be
worth nothing to me! Mabel will
you he my wife?"
And still she is silent. A minute
[lasses, but it seems an age to him,
ami then she extended one little hand
toward hi (p. With a glad cry he
caught it in bis own and carried it to
bis lips. And this is all. 1'e would
give wo Ids for the privilege of clasp
ing her in his arms und pressing one
p.is->iouaic kiss upon those ripe, ruh\
lips, but be knows loo well the cold,
naughty nature of this girl who has
otii just plighted her faith to bitu.
Tln-v turned and walked silently
away in the gathering twilight, down
the long road that leads to the village,
and night spreads her sergbre mantle
o'er the earth.
The day is done and darknes*,
(.'omes upon the wings of night.
As a lea her is watted downward.
From an eagle in its tliglit.
* # * # ? * ?
But the scene changes. Spring has
bided into Summer and the last days
ol Summer are slippin ? away. .
It is a social gathering in the vil
lage. The suit, mellow lamplight
falls upon many a beautiful face
there, that needs hot the opportunity
and they would outrival the boasted
charms of many an acknowledged
nolle of the city ball room. Again do
I see the maiden I saw upon the
?nidge in the early spring time. Bui
tin- youth is not with her now. By
bei side, stands a dark, course man.
wiiQ .seems to have more of the brute
in bis composttion than is usually al
lotted to man. And yet thU refined,
dignified girl is smiling up at him as
she never smiled upon the yqulh who
plead so passionately for b r love
but a few months ago Whore is he
no* i Ah, 1 have just discovered
him. He stands further back ill the
sba,t>>w beyond this couple, and they
are certain!) not aware of Ins pre
sence, for he is t e Hiiojeei of their
conversation. Why does he teen for
ward and listen so uncutl\ to their
conversation? Win indeed! lie bus
just learned that, the only woman he
ever loved is false to him?thai she
bus ii'M'il v\ttb his heart's deepest a I*
f. et ion willfully, and worse than all
i:l>e be lias learned^ I tint ane loves the
? hit k. evil man t her side.
Met hauicallji be tears the glove be
has just drawn from bis hand into
small pieces, and drops them, one h<
one o| on the flour. I here is a bitter
?mcas ic smile upon his lace as he
watches the couple, who fancy them
sc vi s unobserved amid the crowd. j
Unobserved by tbetii he leaves the
room and the house.
All alone. v\ith 'one save the AU
seeiuu eye to watch the struggle, does
he wies I ? with that love. And, as
ibe grey dawn lilts night's dark cur
? nin from Hie earth, be bus conquered.
But at what, cosl ! In this battle
a hat baa he lost? Confidence in wu
nii ii. hope of heaven nnd faith iu
God. And he has gained?nothing, j
* * * 4 ? * ?
The scene has closed. The past
joins to the present. The pictured!
face smiles down upon me from the
wall. 1 arouse myself from the
dream and am again the bard, cold
man of the world, and
' I take up the burden of life again,
.Saying a.idly, "It might have beim."
A.Sad Story of Insanity.
A sad case of insanity has come
upon Miss Susan Schenck, a young
and accomplished daughter ol Mr.
and Mrs. C. D, Schenck, living near
White .Mills, Pa. It appears that; a
young man in one of the Southern
States for the past twoyeurs has haen
p-'ving his utlentions to Miss Schenck,
and was enguged to be married at an
early day. About three months ago
be started Irotn his Southern home
for the North with the intenti n of
fulfilling the engagement, when an ac
cideut occurred which resulted in his
death. The news of his death reach
ed the young lady's mother, who
knowing the strong attachment her
daughter entertained tar him, resolved
lo w thhold the sad news from her j
daughter, if possible. To this end
the mother intercepted the letter
which conveyed news of his death,
and the daughter was left in igno
rance of the truth. T'mc passed by,
nnd the girl received no tidings of her
absent lover. Her only solution
the mysterious silence was that she
had been deserted. It bo Worked on
her. tpi?d that soon her reason was
dethroned, and she is now a raving
President Carlisle's Address.
President Carlisle's address hcforo
the Cineiunati General Conference is
published .it length in ib? Southern
Christian Advocate of the 29tb ult.
Wt; have read it through with feelings
of'pride and pleasure, and can truly
say wo endorse every wort! of it. It
is a masterly plea for Christian frn
leruitv, more especially that of the
two Metnodhtn-t; North and South.
We have had too much partisan feel
ing und sectional jealousy in the
church, and even in the pulpit, and
now it is ready refreshing to road such
independent utterances from a man j
of Dr. Cuilisle's talent, influence and
pusilion. Like our noble Humalon;
he dares to speak the truth for truth's
sake, without calculating consequent
ees, or slopping to inquire who it may
hurt or who it may help. Our pai
tialiiy for the man may lead us to
overrate this grand and graphic effort
of a master mind, and we only regret
that we missed, by not being present
the magnetic efleet of the eye and
voice, gesture and manner of the elo
quent 01 alor.
We have heard him in his palmy
days, though he is uot old yet, and
we well remember how he thrilled
and enchanted us then. We have
other testimony of his powers as a
speaker ami writer besides our own,
.oid from those more competent to
judge, but we a I agree in awarding
mm u meed of praise which very few
could win as nobly and wear as meok
\\ us he, We have heard of the effect
this address produced upon the Con
ference, and the frequent applause
with which it was received, und we do
not wonder that such was the case.
There is a touch of feeling, a rush of
sentiment ami sympathy which mukes
all the world akin, and when the
luttSter hand touches tbo responsive
chord tho dark, cold gulf is sp nned
by the might bow of peace, and all
the world are friends und brothers,
The amount of good that speech haB
done and will do, can never be com
puted, and its healing, soothing, lile
giving influences will go pulsing
riowu the ages till the last wave shall
brea<?* upon the shores of eternity. ?
Within Ono Vote of the Presidency,
The Hon. B. W. Jenness died ol
heart disease in Cleveland Ohio a few
months ago, aged seventy three,
jilr. Jenness was born in DeeiUeld,
2sew Hampshire, July 14, 1806, and
u prominent citizen o; that State for
many years, at one lime being one of
as United States Senators. He
moved lo Ohio in 18G2.
At the Democratic National Con
vention held in 18fi2. the choice of a
candidate for President was referred
by common consent to the New Ham
shne delegation, and a caucus was
called to name the coming man. The
minus of Franklin Pierce and B. W.
Jcuucss were presented, and the bal
There, were nine delsgates, ami the
dum man not casting a vote, the bal
lot ?muri :?>ur fur Mr. Pierce and
foi.r lor Judo Junness. The chairman
?nscriieri upon, and gone the east
iiiii vole to Pierce, which eventually
mitdu him Pr< si'ilent of the United
Sutes. Ha?! Judge Jennesa receiv
ed mat <>ue vote he would, in all
pvobaiiility, have ttliuiited the saute
position as Ml'. Pierce.
Church Going in Old Timts.
Young folks in the olden lime had
to behave themselves in chinch, as i.
proved by this extinct from the Ips
wich (Mas-.) town records, dated
December '26.1700: "To prevent the
Youth from propba:iing ycSabbath &
their misordering themselves in time
of Cod's Worshipp?It is Ordered
Tbcy shall >\i together in ye two
back side Seals of each front Gallery ,
which are ye seats appointed lor
thcin?and that ye Tything men and
olhers desired with them Snail take.
Turn by two iu a Pay, to Sit with
diem lo inspect them, and such as
will not be reclaimed by sd persons
Discouutenancoing of their I'll man
ners shall be complauicd of lo Hie
Justices and pioceoded with by them
as the Law Directs unless said Jus
tires shall Instead ofiiueing tin in?
Imprison such incorrigible persons 01
give them Corporal I punishment."
Busy rtpnor, with her hundred
tongues, now has it that a white Re
publican parly is soon lo be organized
in this State. Well, there is nothing
like variety. We have tried the
black, and now a change of base and
color lyighl be rcireshing by way of
novelty. They might coalesce with
the blacks a?d go into ball mourning
for past delinquencies* Nothing like
a change, even if it is not for the bet
An Anti-Duelling Society.
At the close of his sermon at the
Methodist Church, on last Sunday
morning, Kev. Mr. Wiljson anounced
that a meeting would be held in that
Church this (Thursday) evening at
8 12 o'clock, for the purpose ol or
ganizing au anil-duelling society.
All who are interested in the objects
in.(i sdas intended are requested lo
meet nt that lime and place. Ad
dresses may he expected. Kerr-fhaxo?
Christ ion sentiments, such bold
Tho Lesson the Whittakep Case.
The ctHumopj sense of tlio enlire
[country vill ^pp-ovc the judgment of
I the Courljin %o matter of the alleged
I assault. t pomjjDadet Whittuker, at
West l'or?t., WDnly fools and fanatics
(which ..cims are synonymous) will
believe, a^ie,r.revicwiug the evidence,
that any ct'uet* hand than Whitlaker's
held the s;is3grB that cut his ears and
cropped Ii s hair, Tho colored cadet J
is ridienh/tv ?s having been caught in
an owkwa d attempt to cover himsell
with thegyry of martyrdom, nnd-dis
grncod by ?Ving guilty of a dozen [?al
pable falseicnds. Despite this, there
will be a' ;deep sympathy for him
through Iju) country. Ilia impos
sible to fmagine a more utterly
desolate let than his has been?soli
tary and friendless, amid an ever
present l.^b^tude?-the one marked
man amono/uiuidiods, bearing in bis
very blond' l.fie taint that debarred
him from tv-Jellowship of those who
were tin avoidably his companions.
Whillakcrj was and is a martyr?a
martyr to .the foolish and wicked at
tempt?bor.? .of hatred and fanati
cism?to er. force u commingling of
races against a feeling bo strong that
it is nature. Among all of those ca
dets, rcpier-cnling the rising genera
tion of every section of the. country,
and every 'shade of political opinion
and prejudice, there was not one who
could forgot he was a while man and
Whittuker was a negro, or learn to
think that there was no difference be
tween them.^Sending him there was
an nddilion'to the long catalogue of
crimes and cruellies committed by
those who falsely call their hatred for
the Southern while man love for the
negro, Poor Whittuker was their
victim, lie was condemned lo serve
a term of misery that naturally led lo
crime, that he might be the means of
insulting and humiliating the while
people of Ute-seountry.
We, in common with all the whito
people, certainly of the South, have
a kindly feeling for tue negto. We
recognize hirn as our faithful friend
nnd servant, nnd as having a claim
upon our consideration ; and being
entitled to gnida.ice, ptolcclion and
sympathy from us. It is not for us
to know the reasons of the impulses
of our nntuies. But in the heart of
every while man there is naturally a
feeling that forbids bis social inter
mi* gimg witty the negro. The Whit
taker cose ia another proof of it. It is
useless to'd-^y orrf-.eek to explain it. j
It exists, undue who habitua ly over
comes that feeling docs a violence to
the very blood in bis veins. He does
so knowing that he is olicnding every
sense of propriety and natural in
stinct among those of his own race,
and if he is not already abandoned,
malicious und vindictive, be will
speedily become so by the opera
tion of natural, menial ami moral
laws. Tho. negto luii learned ibis
lesson by hard experience, and real
izes now ibat the white man in Ibis
country who associates with him on
terms of "social equality," is either a
thief or a pussioh-bliuiled and danger
ous fool, who brings him only trouble.
The negro has freedom, and is our
political equal. We, of the South,
are content with this, and glad to
give him all bis rights. But we shall
insist upon < ur*s being respected, and
One of them is the selection ol our own
associates and those ol our childten.
Any attempt to dictate to us in ibis
respect will be resisted always. It
the negro allows himsell lobe made
the instrument for the violation of
those riglils he will be the sufferer.
Those who use him know this well,
but are us iudillcrcul to hi*, sulferings
j as the carpenter is to the wearing Ol
Ibis plane. When it bucks be can
get another. There will be many
mure W hi takers in different depart
ments in the country. The purely
malignant efforts to reduce nature
to impossible shapes by cutting it
'across the grain will be continued on
! til the tool refuses longer to lie a tool.
That is the onh remedy. The negro
I can save himself mollification and
misery only by declining to further
aid attempts *<> change the inevitable.
We bear less about the "rebel
brigadiers" in Congress than former
ly. Hen Butler once wanted to bo
elected lo the House to meet and
overthrow Ibcm, but in this war he
has won no victories. On the whole
the Trebel brigadiers" behave ver>
well, and are more peaceable and pa
triotic than others who never fought
against the Union. The highest of
the ex-rebel otlicers who have entered
public life since the yvar are Gen.
Gordon, of Geotgia, Gen. Johnston,
of Virginia, and Gen. Hampton, of
South Catollnn, all of whom were
in that august body, the National
Senate. We can only say we wish
there were more of the same kind in
the Senate.?Boston Her.aXa\.
I Mysterious Disappearance.
. Two negro women in the Oromer
Township have lately got rid of their
babies in a very mysterious way.
The children have disappeared, and
nobody knows how. One of the wo
men says she leit bets in the field, and
the buzzards can ied it away ; ihc oth
er gives no explanation. No iuvesti
gation has been instituted, and Iberu
have been uo arrests.?Nevoherty Hcr
The Way They Do in Congress.
On Saturday when "Big English saw
that it wa^ going to be u lonesome
?lay for the bool-blaeks, he set his
bend to work to devise some thing to
break the monotony. About 10
o'clock he got a number of boys into
the alley between the Post office and
organized the '-Forty-Fifth Con
gress."?,4Hig English" is a regular
reader of the daily papers, and he is
a great organiger. It took him but
fifteen minutes to get the "House"
and "Senate" running so smoothly
that lawyers and others looked down
from the windows with great inter
"Who's a liar?" yelled a white
henden boy as he jumped up
"Oh dry up I" shouted Sixth Ward
"Pol him out?he was in the rebel
army 1" called a boy from Grand
"Some one clubbed my dog fifteen
years ago, and I can never forgive
him," howled Strawberry Hob.
"Git out the records and less see
who was lo\al." put in King's boy.
uBia Fuglish rnpped on his box to
restore order, but King Tommy threw
tip his bat and yelled : "I moves for
the aizes und the nozes."
?*He can't gag me," shouted a lathy
boy from Windsor.
"Less have a salary grab," piped a
Congress street boy.
"The poeptd won't, stand" whooped
"Hain't we the peepul?" demand
ed a boy on the railing.
"Are we one country ?" asked the
Speaker as he rose up.
"I are, but you hain't yelled Nickty
"Doesn't one flag float for us all!"
continued the speaker.
"It does about lax time," scream
ed a cross-eyed youth from Spring
Somebody kicked the honorable
Speaker. lie dien struck the honor
trie gentleman from Wisconsin smash
ed at the honorable gei.tleman'Ircm
Georgia, and his hair stood and up
eoul tails Blood out. When the row
had quieted down the honorable
Speaker remarked :
"It was pretty good for the first
time though you didn't abuse each
other enough."?Detroit Free Press.
"Hollered Willi the Loudest."
The Albany Argus, in view of the
X. Y. I/crald's sudden conversion to
Giantism and its prophecy of Grant's
election, has been moved lo look up
the record oj the Herald's political
prophec.es, with this result.
The Herald predicted Mr. Buchan
an won hi carrj New York In 185G.
Gen. F etnont carried it by 80,000
The Herald predicted the Demo
cratic electoral ticket would carry
Now York in I860. Mr. Lincoln
carried it by 00.000 majority.
The Herold predicted Gen. McCiel
lan would carry New Yoift in 1804.
Mr. Lincoln carried it by 7,000 ma
The H'rnld predicted that Gen.
Grant would carry New York, in
1808 Gov. Seymour carried it by
10 000 majority,
The Hera d predicted '.hat Mr.
Grcetey would carry New York in
1872. Gen. Grant carried it by 02,
The LI raid predicted that Mr.
Haves would carry New York in
187?. Mr. Tilden "carried it by 32,
Into all these errors the Herald
fell, because it "hollered with -Ij"
English Out for Payne
English, ol Indiana, a Democratic
dark horse of note, lakes himself out
of lite race in a recent and authorized
interview in the Cincinnati Commer
cial, by declaring that he is not a can
didate for the Vice-Presidency "or
any other," and he adds his voice to
the growing Pnye boom by sa\ing;
"The Democratic candidate ought to
be a man who can unite all the fac
tions in New York, and carry the
most doubtlul States. Indiana is
looked upon as reliably Democratic.
(I Giant s nominated, their seems to
be a fair show of carrying Ohio
against him. The drift of sentiment
is evidently toward Ihut State, pnd
may centralize on the Ohio man, and
Henry B. Payne piesents more ol the
essentials of a strong candidato than
any other candidate presented by
"If nominated, I think Judge P'eld
would get as great a Democratic vote
as any man in the country. He is a
Democrat, ha9 a full sense of the
States and tho people under the Con
stitution, is a bravo man, never afraid
to express an honest opinion, and to
all the other things which would go
to make him available is tl^o unques
tioned fact thai he could carry the
whole Pacific Slope. Bear ir\ mind,
I do not mean to say that he is great
er or better than many othet treu in
the party but is as great as nuv, and
quite as available.''?Ex-Gov. Hev.d
Colonel WmaiiT. of New Haven,
(Conn., has just made a clean 875,000
in Arizona mining slocks, which ie
minds us lhat wo'd rather bo Wright
Tho Cipher Dispatches.
Wc condemn nobody nnd we com
mend nobody in tbo cipher business.
We only ask the South lo apply a
litlle common sense lo Ibo probable
situalion. Docs Ibe South kuow or
even suspect what tho Tribune and
the Republican leaders hold in reserve
about South Carolina nnd Louisiana
which bus not ye beep revealed?
Does the South think it wise or pru
dent to risk its future peace nnd pros
perity on the cipher issue? What
may betide the South under a --stal
wart" House elected next November!
Does the South hanker for another
possible dose of ''rod eyed ruin?"
There are two inquiries which we
wish the Southern Democracy would
immediately and frankly meet and
answer. One is, could the Republi
can party escape a ccushing defeat,
amounting well-nigh to annihilation
under "the fraud issue," if such a
man us Mr. Bayard were the Demo
cratic nominee at Cincinnati ? Could
not the Democracy, led by Mr. Bay
ard, prevent the Republican lenders
from striking one single aggressive
blow from Hie beginning to tho end
ing of the canvass? The other ques
tion is : How, upon the facts as set
forth iu the report of tho Potter Com
mittee and in the "Tribune Extra
No. 44," could the Democracy as
sume the aggressive if Mr. Tilden
should be nominated, or any other
candidate be nominaledwho is dicta
ted by those who acknowles*ed Mr.
Pelton a leader in 187G??New York
This pernicious habit is one of the
greatest evils that pervades our land.
Go North or South, East or NN est,
and you will fl d the youth with a
stick in one hand and his pocket
knife in the other, curling ofT the
beautiful shavings, (as ho calls
them.) Some would think that Ibis
is a very foolish thing for editors lo
pick up and write their editorials
from, but pardon us for ibis ; wo be
lieve as journalists, thai it is our duly
to call attention to all evils that pre*,
vail among the young people of out
land. How often is it that we go
into a school bouse aud see the
benches, chairs and desks cut lo
pieces and ruined by some idle whit
tier. Again you seat yourself in
church and here you bcc his destruc
tive work; be spares nothing; he
desecrates the house ol God by his
vile and pernicious habit; be ruins
the ornaments of the parlor, and in
fact be has lo cut at every thing he
sees. Let's make a slight mathemat
ical calculation and see what whittling
costs the people of the United Slates.
Say that there ure one million people
engaged in this h illing bnsiucss, (and
a million will not take in all) and
they destroy one knife apiece dining
the year, put Ibe cost of the knives
at 50 cents a piece, the knives alone
will cost S5UU.000, which is not one
half of lite amount of other property
ibat is destroyed.?Ar. V. Amatuer
Another Congressional Scandal.
Washington, D. C, June 1, 188Q.
?The Post newspaper of this dale
has a sensational Story charging Sen
ator Ferry, of Michigan, with undue
intimacy wiih a lady of high social
rank, a guest, for the time, ut the
Senator's hotel. The account reads
that ihc distinguished offender was
discovered in the lady's chamber b}*
her daughter a spirited girl of filieen,
and submitted lo a cowhiding at her
hands, supplemented and backed by a
revolver held by a male friend. Cer
tain it is that the Michigandcr ap
pears in public with a phenomenally
bluck eye which lie attributes to a
full, but which the gossips trace to bis
rencontre with the indignant girl.
Mr. Ferry came upon the floor cd' the
House to-day with a copy of the Post
in his hand, and an earnest con versa
lion with members of the Michigan
delegation ensued. At the same hour
the editor of the Post was observed
j hovering in a neighboring lobby.
The issue is a set ions one, as il in
volves not alone Mr. Ferry's morals,
but the good name of n family of re
puted wealth and social position.
A Repentant Bootblack.
The other day a thirteen-year-old
girl was looking down, iuto a barrel,
which was standing on the curb, of
Fourlh street, Cincinnati, when nlong
came one of those imps of smartness,
yclept a bootblack, and tumbled her
into the. barrel, in a minute he re
pented, for with more haste than dig
nity the girl got out, caught the boy,
put him into the guticr, and whacked
liitn over the head with his own shoe
box until he was a pretty respectable
candidate for lh.e county hospital.
A Baby Without a Head.
A baby was born in Erie, Pa., last
week without a bead, but otherwise
fully developed. It weighs seven
pounds aud is considered a splendid
pathological specimen. There is an
excrcssenoe protruding from the lop
of the trunk between the shoulders
where tho neck ought to be, which
has two large eyes, a nose and mouth
with hare Hp. There Is no occipital
or parietal bone, no brains. In a
sitting posture the child re em I dea a
Sdbsokibk lor the Ooangeburo
More About the Census.
Id a few. days more the census man
w!l' tako Iiis book under his arm and
start out to make bis mark on this
decade. Under the new law tbny
have a legal right to ask about.500
questions, but there is such a thing
as aceii8U8 man going too far. It is
well enough for defenceless families
to know where the line is drawn.
No census man has a right to dis
pule a woman when she gives her r.ge.
Under the law he can elevate his eye
brows and exclaim : "Did you ever?"
when a female supposed to be 45 re
turns her age at 32, but he must stop
right there. He may wonder to him
self where on earth the grandmothers
of this country have suddenly slipped
to, but he inubii't wonder lo you.
No census man has a legal right lo
ask a woman if she is living with her
first, second or third husband, or
whether hI>c quarrels more with tiic
third tliau the iirst. The law sup
poses every latin ly to be living in
peace und harmony, and the United
States government never takes any
notice, of a futnily row brought on by
the hired girl being kissed in the
Under the law, no census-taker has
any right lo ask a wife how many
evenings in a week her husband is
out after 11 o'clock, or what is tho
subject of her remarks when he. slips
in at the eido door. This great and
glorious government has always, been
conducted on the principle that clubs,
lodges and societies were a part of its
The law does not specify that the
census man ihall ask a wife if she
couldn't have done better by waiting
for a second offer. This information
is supposed to bo cheerfully volun
teered, and is marked with a big red
"X" to signify the official's belief
that if she hadn't accepted tho offer
slu did she would have died an old
A baby with the measles counts
ju t as much in law as one galloping;
around barefooted in the front door
yard* The law requires the census
laker to remark thai your baby is the
handsomest one in the county. If
he neglects to do so he should bo
For the benefit of wives wbo.do
their own housework and are asham
ed to have it known, blanks arc fur*
nished with a beading which reads a
??Is generally in the bjlhit of keeping
four servants, but.has just given her
help a vacation,1.
The new law ?j also very generous
in another matter. The census-taker
may i gaily inquire who lives next
door, but is supposed that most wo
men will fill out and sign tho foliow?
ing : "Parody named lJlackj no Style
about 'ut; he wears a shabby hat, and
she never uotnhs her hair until three
o'clock 1*. M. ; they have a carriage,
? ut I don't believe it's paid for; they
allow their children to throw stones
at our dog, and permit them to play
mouth organs; ?they say* she has
diamonds, but I don't believe it; lots
of callers, but X presume they were
there to collect bills. To aU'of which
I subscribe myself."
Value of Swamp Muok.
Some time ago \?e remarked that
an acre of swamp muck of good qual
ity, three feet deep, was actual!}'
worth 820,000. No doubt such a
statement, is surpising. So was the
statement of Dr. Lawes, of England,
lhat a ton of braD fed lo cows, return
ed mote than it cost in manure,
Swamp muck, fvc? from sand, con
tains i2 per cent,, or forty pouuds of
nitrogen in a ton. Nitrogen is worth
In the market twenty-five cents per
pound ; so that a ton of swamp muck
is actually worth $10 for the nitrogen
in it. All that is needed is to woik
up the muck, so as to make the nitro
geu available An acre of swamp
muck three feet deep cont dns 2,500
tons, and would require eight months
to draw out, at ten loads a day. Few
persons realize the value of the for.*
Tilizing elements of common waste
mutters which lie under their feet,
and l?e innumerable tons of mtvUW
that may be available lor fertilizing
purposes, and that much of the idle
and neglected materials may repre
sent a vast amount of wealth.?Am**?*
icon Agriculturalist for April.,
The Exodus to the Weal,
Tho report of tho committee on tho
exodus of the negr oes from the South
to the West, slated that tho avcrago
pay of laborers in the South was ful
ly equal to that in the North and
West, nnd lhat no evidence could be
obtained of political oppression in
North Carolina. The committee be
lieves the exodus to have been promo
ted by Republican organizations for
purely political purposes ; and could
'ind no foundation for the statements
that the negro was discriminated
against in tho courts. The report
concludes with the atnlcment thai the
material condition of the negro is far
better South than North. It is sign
ed by .Senators Vorhecs, Vance and
The old lim? spencer is again oecn-i
sionally8cen on the streets, while
specimens of Spencerinn penmanship
flourish and fade away in the editor's
?Everything tuai truly and natur
ally belongs to a human career has,
its sacred side.